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Navy Team Rescue Fishing Crew

Vessel runs aground at Belcher Rocks Reef off Nukulau Island.   Fourteen crew members are safe on land after their fishing vessel ran aground off Nukulau Island early yesterday. The
14 Sep 2016 08:25
Navy Team Rescue Fishing Crew
The Chinese fishing vessel, GUAN YUAN YU 239 that ran aground on a reef off the South of Nukulau Island

Vessel runs aground at Belcher Rocks Reef off Nukulau Island.

 

Fourteen crew members are safe on land after their fishing vessel ran aground off Nukulau Island early yesterday.

The Chinese vessel, ‘GUAN YUAN YU 239’ ran aground at Belcher Rocks Reef located off the South of Nukulau Island.

According to Fiji Navy officer, Lieutenant Sairusi Colati, the crew members were made up of foreign and Fijians. They were rescued by the Fiji Navy; RFNS Kula was deployed with navy divers to conduct rescue operations.

Fiji Navy Commander John Fox said: “All crew members were rescued at approximately 7am by the navy divers; they are reported to be safe and well.

“We were made aware of the incident after we received a call from Totogo Police Station at around 3.25am yesterday.”

The owner of the fishing vessel has been informed of the incident and the status of its crew after rescue operations.

The vessel’s shipping agent, Manz Shipping, according to the Fiji Navy, has yet to reply to questions sent to them yesterday via email.

“The crew has disembarked on Nukulau Island awaiting further assistance from a chartered barge for the salvage of personal belongings and other equipment on board the fishing vessel,” Commander Fox said.

He said it was believed that navigational error led to the incident however further assessments would be carried out by the fishing company.

Commander Fox also said it was believed that the fishing vessel belonged to Golden Ocean Fishing Company, but when the company was contacted, an official clarified they bought supplies from the fishing vessel but did not own it.

“We have nothing to say about the fishing vessel,” the official said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were also aware of the incident.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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